On Spiritual Reading
Padre Pio said: “If the reading of holy books has the power to convert worldly men into spiritual persons, how very powerful must such reading be in leading spiritual men and women to greater perfection.”
Padre Pio, Letter, December 14, 1916: “Continue with your spiritual reading because if it is the soul that speaks to God in meditation, in spiritual reading it is God who speaks to the soul through the correct reading of those books.”
While extraordinary events were common in Padre Pio’s life, he counseled others not to seek the extraordinary; and he often admonished those seeking it that they lacked Faith or worse. He stated: “I am convinced that so many people don’t want to live by faith, but seek the extraordinary.” Padre Pio advised those who responded to letters from people seeking the miraculous to answer them by writing: “Live by faith!”
Some women would sometimes grab at him, and he often shouted: “Oh, get away, get away!” He would take his cord and twirl it menacingly towards them. At times, he roared: “This is paganism! This fanaticism!” More than once, Padre Pio remarked: “There should be a big fence around this area with the sign, ‘Lunatic Asylum.’”
One young woman believed she was having visions of Jesus. Padre Pio told her not to believe the visions. The lady refused to let Padre Pio guide her in this matter. She said that Padre Pio was contradicting the things that Jesus told her in her visions. After a couple of months, the woman committed suicide.
 C. Bernard Ruffin, Padre Pio: The True Story, Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, IN. p. 138.
 Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Letters Vol. III, Our Lady of Grace Friary, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, p. 671.
 C. Bernard Ruffin, Padre Pio: The True Story, Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, IN. p. 145.
 C. Bernard Ruffin, Padre Pio: The True Story, Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, IN. p. 293.
 Fr. John A. Schug, Padre Pio, National Centre for Padre Pio, Barto, PA. p. 138.
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